LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have booked two men on drug charges related to a gunfight in Duluth that left one dead and three hospitalized Monday.
The dead man, Howard Jones, 34, of Jacksonville, N.C., fled the scene with Shawn Brumfield, 32, of Syracuse, N.Y., in a gray Saturn later found at Gwinnett Place Mall, police said.
Authorities said one of the two men had a relative working at the mall, where police later picked up Brumfield.
Following police interrogations, Brumfield was charged with conspiring to commit a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Police have said the shooting was drug-related.
Police also arrested a Hispanic man reportedly present during the shooting, which happened about 10 a.m. Monday on Buckingham Place, a residential street between Old Norcross Road and Buford Highway.
Duluth resident Fermin Aguirre-Garcia, 26, faces drug conspiracy charges and an additional count of cocaine possession. Both he and Brumfield remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
No murder charges have been filed in Jones' death. Police believe they could be looking for up to four people who fled the home in a white van after the gunbattle. The abandoned van was recovered a few miles from the scene later Monday morning.
The three Hispanic men injured when bullets flew remained in critical but stable condition at area hospitals Tuesday, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said. They were not identified.
"They are all expected to survive their injuries," she said.
The motive and exact circumstances behind the shootings is under investigation, Spellman said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.